Regional
7:58 am
Thu February 20, 2014

NM Legislature Nearing Adjournment

The Legislature is approaching the finish line of a 30-day session filled with election year politics and disputes between Democrats and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

The House and Senate are to adjourn at noon Thursday.

Lawmakers have completed work on what many consider their most important assignment — a budget to finance public education and government services. That's heading to the governor, who can cut spending in the $6 billion package using her line-item veto powers.

A spokesman for the governor calls the Democratic-controlled Legislature's budget proposal a good compromise.

Lawmakers passed a flurry of bills in the closing hours of the session, including proposals to finance capital improvements.

Still unresolved is how is to shore up a college scholarship program that relies on revenue from the state lottery.

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